Matthew 16:13-16 (New International Version)
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Jesus asked, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus has been viewed by the world in many ways. He has been seen as a great teacher, a wise man, a prophet. He has been called a dangerous revolutionary, a rebel, a subversive radical. In his own lifetime, he was accused of being a drunkard, of associating with undesirables, of having been born as an illegitimate son conceived outside of marriage.
When Jesus asks his disciples who the people are saying the Son of Man is, they answer with names of past prophets: John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah. All holy men, but all only human. Jesus follows up this question by asking the disciples who they think Jesus is, and impetuous Peter jumps in immediately: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
In response to Peter’s declaration, Jesus tells him: “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” Peter has boldly proclaimed his faith in Jesus, and it is wonderfully affirmed by the Messiah himself.
Who is Jesus to you? If a friend asked you to explain Jesus in one sentence, what would you say?